Is it your first time in the kitchen? Wondering what to and what not to do? Well, we completely understand that feeling when you end up messing even the simplest dish. Cooking might look easy but practically, there is never an easy day in the kitchen. These are the times you need to remember that those teeny-weeny tips from your granny are what that’ll come to your rescue. Here are 5 such hacks that will save you a lot of time.

How to clean a greasy pan

There are many a times when cleaning your utensils seems to have consumed the entire day. Along with that delicious creamy pesto pasta or those hot grilled wings come a greasy pan that demands all your effort. Especially, when you have kids around, the task gets even more Herculean. So here you go; simply mix baking soda with water and scrub it all over the pan. The acidic properties of baking soda will remove the tough grease that’s sticking to your vessel. Once you’re done with this, wash it with soap and water like you usually do.

How to check if the eggs have cooked

How many of you out there have tried to cook hard boiled eggs and failed miserably at it? Yes, a few minutes extra on the stove and your yoke will turn unappetizingly grey in color. It generally takes 10 to 12 minutes for the eggs to cook and if you are still doubtful about the output, here’s a simple trick. Spin the egg and stop it with a finger. If the egg keeps spinning even after taking your finger away, it is still raw and needs cooking else the egg is done and ready to eat.

How to cut onions without watery eyes

Tears are inevitable while dicing onions but to the least, we could kill the burning sensation by chilling them before chopping. You’d have seen a lot of people usually have a cup of water while peeling onions for the very same reason. This will arrest the gases that bring us tears to a good extent.

How to keep apples from turning brown

Not just apples, usually cut fruits easily turn brown making them look unappetizing. Oxidization is what causes this browning to happen and can be avoided by soaking your apple slices in ginger ale or a cup of salt water for a few minutes. This will help the fruit slices retain their original color for long hours. However, it is always advisable to consume the cut slices as early as possible to gain the full nutrients.

How to cut hard vegetables

Certain veggies such as radish and beetroot become quite hard to slice and often time consuming. Even your sharpest knife wouldn’t be much of help. Well, here’s the trick! Have your kitchen knives inserted into a glass of raw rice and keep them aside. This removes the moisture from the edges and helps the edges stay sharp.

There are millions and millions of hacks like these on the Internet you’ll be awed by. Make a note of these itsy-bitsy ideas and put them to good use to rule your kitchen like a pro.